Beyond The Pulpit

Last Monday was a national holiday.  It was Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born Jan. 15, 1929.

By RONALD NELSON
Retired ELCA Missionary

Last Monday was a national holiday.  It was Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born Jan. 15, 1929.  When he was only 25, he had finished theological studies and obtained a PhD degree.  He graduated valedictorian of his class.  He led peaceful protests against segregation and was assassinated in April 1968 when he was only 39 years old.  We can be thankful we live in a country where now his birthday has become a national holiday.

He was used by God to make segregation based on race unlawful in our nation.  We continue to need brave and committed people willing to stand up for the freedoms God wants us to have.  There are strong and persistent movements to turn our back on our Creator and Redeemer.  There are movements to remove “In God We Trust” from our currency – to remove “One Nation Under God” from our pledge of allegiance.  Soldiers are being threatened with court-martial for praying with a wounded buddy.  They are accused of ‘proselytizing’.  There are even military chaplains who are being prosecuted for praying with soldiers and sailors in Jesus’ name.  Those of us who believe and trust our Creator and our Redeemer are faced with a call to stand up for Truth and Reality.  Martin Luther King Jr. did it even though it cost him his life.